We transmit the sad news that Bahraini citizen Ali Mohammed Almuwali remains hospitalized and in critical condition with a fractured skull after being shot at close range by Bahrain security forces while attending a peaceful demonstration on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Almuwali, who is 27 years old and a father, has undergone two surgeries and sustained brain damage. His hospital room is under tight security, and even his family were initially prohibited from seeing him.
Video below portrays the unprovoked attack. Bahrain has rationalized the actions of their security forces, saying it was necessary to prevent “traffic congestion.”
Excessive exposure to tear gas has been demonstrated to cause miscarriage in pregnancy, and infants are particularly susceptible to the side effects of tear gas, which can be fatal in instances. Unfortunately, in Bahrain, many families have lost their young and unborn babies through exposure to tear gas.
On Thursday, June 21, a demonstration was held in Bahrain to bring attention to this tragic development. However, the demonstration was not met with sympathy. The protesters were fired on with tear gas and stun grenades. During the clash, even two press photographers, one from Associated Press, were temporarily detained by riot police.
For the past two years, tear gas has been used against Bahrainis in a number of ways — much of it indiscriminate and excessive. It has been used against protesters, fired into neighborhoods, and even propelled directly into homes. The BICI report stated that Bahrain’s police used a disproportionate amount of CS gas when dispersing protests, and that in a number of situations, police fired CS gas into private homes in an “unnecessary and indiscriminate” manner.
Physicians for Human Rights has also chronicled the use — or should we say, the misuse, of tear gas — and resulting fatalities. Many deaths have resulted from inhalation, or through injuries sustained by being struck by the projectiles.
Although the Kingdom has pledged to pursue the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission, very little in the way of true reform has taken place, and the use of excessive tear gas continues unabated.
We’ve been provided with a list of names of infants and unborn children by ea_as on Twitter, and list them here.
We mourn their passing, and we send wishes of sympathy to their families.
Fadak Mushaima from Al Dihe
Hawra Mohamed from Sanabis
Fatima Al Samie from jidhafs
Ali Badah (he was named like his martyr brother Ali Badah, from Sitra)
Hussein Sabeel from Sitra
Sajida Jawad from Al blad Al qadeem
Yahya Youssef from RAS Rumman
Fatima Abbas from Adarei
Batool Mohammed from Sanad
Hadil Mohamed from Sarr
Yasser Mehdi from Karrana
Reda Hani from Almaamer
Sayed Hussein Sayed Ahmed from Sanabis
If you have updates or corrections to this list, please let us know.
The Bahrain Coordinating Committee deplores the use of tear gas by government forces against the residents of Bahrain, and joins international human rights organizations in calling for its immediate cessation.
Hundreds of people joined a “March for Freedom” in A’ali, Bahrain. Riot police attempted to block the roads, but the demonstration continued. Participants included Said Yousif and Zainab Al Khawaja, as well as our own #BCCLive witnesses, who took these photographs and videos today.
Meanwhile, we wait to hear word of the conditions of Ali Al-Mowali, who was seriously injured while peacefully protesting yesterday, after being shot in the head, and who is, we understand, undergoing his second surgical operation, and of Syed Hadi, who was arrested on the scene yesterday and was reportedly taken to the Dry Dock Detention Center.
- Around Bahrain (bahraincoordinatingcommittee.org)
- New updates to the Twitter and our blog from our “on the ground” blogger (bahraincoordinatingcommittee.org)
There are times when you just have to let the pictures tell the story. But there are some details —
- Ali al Mwale was standing behind Sheikh Ali Salman during a protest. They were standing, calmly, facing the police, holding roses. The police took aim, apparently in a completely unprovoked assassination attempt, and Ali al Mwale stepped in front of the Sheik to save him. He is now in critical condition with a brain injury.
- Syid Hadi, as of this writing, has been taken by police and his whereabouts are unknown to his family.
- Said Yousif was beaten by police.
Many others were injured, as the photos depict. And this is just ONE day in Bahrain.
Photos provided the International Affairs Department at Al Wefaq; many details of this article provided by @ea_as on Twitter.
Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior stated that an opposition rally planned to take place on Friday is unauthorized and that legal measures will be taken against the participants. Will we see more crackdowns and brutality in Bahrain? Yesterday, citizens were assaulted yet again with tear gas, shot gun pellets, and sound bombs.
However, the opposition remains undaunted. The demonstration, they say, will take place from Bilad Al Qadeem to Sehla.
The opposition’s message? “Our unity will defeat you.”
The Bahrain Coordinating Committee supports the right of free assembly and speech, and deplores the use of tear gas and shot gun pellets against citizens and activists.
Stay tuned for more updates and details.
Peaceful. Unprovoked. Unarmed.
Look at them standing there, silent, in their resolution and dignity.
Facing down oppressors in full riot gear and body armor with guns, sound grenades, and tear gas.
Daring to take back their streets, their livelihoods, their security, their rights.
Then: shot in cold blood. By regime forces.
Their crime? An offer of peace.
What did those shots accomplish for the Kingdom of Bahrain?
The General Director of the Northern Governorate Police announced that a group of individuals held an illegal rally called for by Al Wefaq National Islamic Society in the vicinity of Khamis on Friday evening. The group disobeyed warnings and orders to leave the area. Police then used legal methods to disperse the crowd.
He said that some people sustained various injuries, in which one of them was referred to hospital and proper procedures were taken to investigation the case.
The General Director said that the Al Wefaq National Islamic Society had submitted a request to hold the rally. The request was denied due to the proposed timing and location. The rally would have caused traffic congestion and would have endangered public and private property. Al Wefaq was aware that permission to hold the event had been denied prior to the start of the event.
Since when does the prospect of potential traffic congestion warrant lethal force as a response?
Watch the video, and then draw your own conclusions.
Thanks to Bill Marczak for drawing my attention this video.
Tomorrow is a big day for the Bahrain Coordinating Committee! The Committee will be exhibiting, along with Americans for Democracy and Human Rights for Bahrain, at the the ADC National Convention. The ADC, as you may know, is a nonprofit organization which has been dedicated for 32 years to protecting the civil rights of Arab Americans, promoting understanding, and preserving cultural heritage.
The convention represents a tremendous exposure opportunity for the Bahrain Coordinating Committee, and our cause. We are looking forward to informing as many people as we can with our materials, exhibits, and delegates. Convention attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with several Bahraini American activists, including Husain Abdulla, Director of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, and a Bahrain Coordinating Committee leader.
One must-see element of the Bahrain Coordinating Committee’s exhibit will be a compelling display of art by Bahraini children, who have movingly conveyed their feelings about the turmoil in Bahrain through creative expression.
Although we expect it to be a busy day, we will try to tweet at least once from the conference (follow us on @Connect_Bahrain), and share some photos of the day with our blog readers, Facebook fans, and Twitter followers. On Twitter, look for the hashtag #ADCConv to follow conference updates and events throughout the day, and be sure to follow @ADCtweets .
The conference itself promises to be fascinating. Held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill Friday through the weekend, there will be dozens of panel discussion sessions and speeches, including appearances by
- Benjamin Jealous, NAACP president
- Michael Moore, Academy Award-winning director of ‘Bowling for Columbine’
- Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting
Abed Ayoub will be moderating two panel discussions, in his separate work for the ADC.
Other exhibitors at the conference include the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education, as well as an array of nonprofit organizations and commercial exhibitors.
We hope to win lots of support for our cause: for democracy and human rights in Bahrain. Wish us luck tomorrow, and if you are attending the ADC National Convention, please drop by our booth and say hello.
To that end, we are pleased to announce a series of tweets and blog posts which will appear over the next few weeks. Our undercover witness, a Bahrain Coordinating Committee member, will post updates from Bahrain on Twitter and on this blog, presenting you with a timely and authentic view of the situation “on the ground.”
For security reasons, the identity of the blogger will remain anonymous. Visit our Twitter account @Connect_Bahrain and follow the hashtag #BCCLive to see up-to-the minute reporting from Bahrain, starting today.
Blog Posts will appear on this blog under the “Bahrain Coordinating Committee Administrator” account.
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Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), a U.S. nonprofit organization, will present an informational exhibit about the Bahraini Revolution titled: “Bahrain: The People’s Revolution” at the ADC National Convention June 22-24, 2012 in Washington, DC.
The ADHRB exhibit booth will hosted by Mr. Husain Abdulla, Director of ADHRB and board member of the Bahrain Coordinating Committee (http://bahraincoordinatingcommittee.org). Bahraini American activists will also be available to speak to attendees and answer questions. The booth will offer the latest news on the human rights and democracy movement in Bahrain, as well as an exhibit of Bahraini children’s art and a digital photo exhibition.
Each June in Washington DC, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) hosts its annual convention, the largest national gathering of Arab Americans. The Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit http://www.convention.adc.org
About Americans for Democracy and Human Rights
Founded in 2008, Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) is a U.S. nonprofit organization that works to obtain U.S. support for democracy and human rights reforms in Bahrain.
Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Human Center for Human Rights, was arrested once again, yesterday, and remanded to jail for seven days, on
unspecified charges related to Twitter updates he posted. Bahrain officials said they had received complaints about negative comments he allegedly made on social media sites about the residents of Muharraq.
Rajab alleges that the arrest was prompted by his Tuesday appearance, with Matar Matar, on the Al-Jazeera program, The Stream.
Fahad Albinali, media spokesperson at the Information Affairs Authority, refuted that anyone would be prosecuted for their statements on the program:
Subsequent to receiving the summons to appear, Rajab shared his theories of what circumstances led to the investigation: